South Africa captain Temba Bavuma was pleased with his team’s clinical display with the bat after beating New Zealand by 190 runs on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Proteas prevailed against close rivals New Zealand, recording their first victory against the Blackcaps since 1999 at the Men’s World Cup. Bavuma praised centurions Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen for their clinical display with the bat. To help the Proteas win their sixth match in seven matches, De Kock smashed his fourth World Cup century, and Van der Dussen also slammed a ton.
South Africa reached 357-4 thanks to the innings of De Kock (114) and Van der Dussen (133), who scored his second century. In the last 10 overs, the Proteas added 119 runs to their total as David Miller tormented the New Zealand bowlers with a thirty-ball fifty-three.
“Clinical display with the bat. I took up the challenge with the ball biting. We applied pressure with the ball. We tried to pounce on the bad balls, Quinny started slowly, held on and took it at the end. More than the score, we “We were trying to stay until 30 and make it big later. We were still looking to dominate with the new ball and intermediate passes. We knew they would attack us hard and we would have opportunities,” Bavuma said during a post-match presentation.
Throughout the competition, Proteas have fired a warning shot with five totals above 300, including 400-plus against Sri Lanka.
I need to hear the permutations regarding making the semi. After tomorrow, it’s back to business, I have to prepare for the next match,” he added.
South Africa were strengthened by Marco Jansen’s double wicket in the opening powerplay and Kagiso Rabada and Gerald Coetzee then took wickets of their own. Keshav Maharaj struck in his opener and removed the reliable Daryl Mitchell, finishing with a figure of 4-46, ensuring that the spinners had their say.
South Africa moved to the top of the 2023 World Cup points table with a thumping 190-point win in Pune. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s NRR suffered a major blow as it slipped behind Australia to fourth place.
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